Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Christian Jr VAN GUNDY

There was one account of Christian at age 10 in the History of Susquehanna and Juanita Valleys:

"The boy was trying to cool off by dabbling his feet in the water from an old ferryboat at Strohecker's Landing on a hot day in August in 1776, when he saw the canoes of a party of Indians dart out from between the islands below the mouth of the Chillisquaque. The squaws and luggage were ashore and the men disappeared. The boy asked leave of his father to go up to the trading post. There he saw that Ludwig Derr had supplied the Indians with tin cups and had opened a barrel of whiskey for them. They got on a fearful bender and young Van Gundy saw the full intensity of the wildly whooping and dancing frolic of these drunken savages.

In the midst of their wild revel, Capt. John Brady, who had been away at Fort Augusta that day, strode out from behind the Mill, kicked over the barrel and exclaimed, 'My God, Ludwig, what have you done?'

Derr replied in his Dutchy brogue, that he was just giving them ' a dreet.' The Indians held this event as one of their grudges against Brady for long years afterward."

Christian follwed in his father's footsteps and was a miller.

Christian's children did very well, most having one or more servants by 1870.


1790 Northumberland Co, PA, where Christian lived alone at census time.

1800 E Buffalo Twp, Northumberland Co, PA. Christian and a Mrs. Gundy were the only Gundys in the county and were neighbors at census time. Christian was 26-44 (too young!) and included in the household were 2 males under 10, 1 female under 10, 1 at 10-15 and probably his wife, also 26-44.

10/25/1813 " John Snook and wife conveyed the school-house lot in Union township to Christian Gundy, et at., trustees, bounded by Macpherson, Jenkins, Epler, &c."

1820 Buffalo Twp, Union Co, PA. Christian had moved since the last census, he and John being the only "Gundys" in the county at that time. He was said to have managed the grist, hemp, and saw mills of a Mr Bear, working almost night and day to earn the means with which to buy about 200 acres of land. He was involved in a law suit regarding title to the land, finally resolving the matter by buying out the other claimants and receiving a clear title. Part of this tract was in the possession of his son, Jacob, as late as 1886.

1822 Union County Pa, Deed E91
Michael & Sarah Straub of Buffaloe Twp
Daniel Beyer
above property by Henry Cochran, Christian Gundy
for $100
wit: Alexander Nesbit, John Nesbit
recorded: 10 June 1822

1830 Same place. At census time Christian was 60-70 years old and lived alone. Sons John, George, and Jacob were in the same township.

His name appeared in estate papers of one Jacob Dentler, Point Twp, Northumberland Co, PA:

"Also for the amount of one of the Bonds against Christian Gundy, they having [?] charge against him in the [?] and the [?] one of them in [?] amount 600"

Lewisburg, Union Co, PA.

Christian remained behind when several of his family moved to Ohio and some of his descendants still reside in PA.

Christian and Ann were twins.

The date posted is from the Necrology list in the Annals of Buffalo Valley but most say he died Oct 1.

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